October 5, 2015
I was told about a wonderful story from our Expectant Parent Program, and I thought it would be perfect to share for a Mission Monday. Sometimes we are fortunate to see the indirect impact of our work…the ripples in the pond, so to speak. This is one such case.
About six months ago, we helped a mother who gave birth to a tiny, premature baby boy. According to the family’s case manager, Angie, he is “fat and happy now and has grown out of all his preemie clothes.” The EP program had helped his mother with diapers and utility assistance, among other things. When Angie stopped by recently to check in, the mother said that she had all sorts of preemie clothes that were barely used, and she hoped another client could use them. She added that she felt so blessed with how she had been helped by Good Shepherd and that she wanted to help others. As God’s providence would have it, Angie has another client who has a baby boy that was born in August at 2.2 lbs and is still in the NICU. She was able to bring a big bag of clothes to the mother last week, and the mother was simply overwhelmed. Angie said the baby’s mother and grandmother began crying, and then she teared up as well. The mother wrote a short note back to the first mom to say thank you. Seems pretty simple, one struggling single mom reaching out anonymously to help another, but for us it’s also an indication of God working in our midst and hearts changing as the result of our ministry. According to Angie, this is not an isolated situation. Other clients have expressed a desire to give back in this way, but none have been the kind of perfect match that existed here.
God bless and happy Monday,